Staff appreciation notes

The following GISD staff members have been recognized for going the extra mile during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Thank someone today. 

Cori Smith

She is an awesome team member. She did Google Meets with my remote students, in my absence. She supported their learning through SeeSaw and kept parents informed. She was faithful in supporting my class for 6 weeks. I greatly appreciate her!

– Cynthia Gray, Co-worker

Mrs. Kim Platt

This paraprofessional has gone beyond what most would do to help my special, autistic child, Cody, remain engaged in school. My child has multiple disabilities (ADHD, emotional anxiety, panic, meltdowns, oppositional defiance, and elopement issues). He doesn’t like school and fights doing any work, but Ms. Platt never gives up on him and is constantly trying to engage him no matter how much he protests. She knows Cody is really smart and sweet and she sees the best in him always, in spite of his behaviors. She has created special work assignments for him and provided hard copies and workbooks for him when he refused to work online. Ms. Platt has counseled him on the phone, and in online meetings, when he has been aggressive and out of control. She never gives up on him and she is truly an extraordinary individual who deserves special recognition from GISD.

– Rebecca Carr, Parent

Mr. Shawn Brigham

Mr. Brigham makes the class content very easy and simple to understand. He is also understanding about classwork and is always ready to help his students.

– Tracy Nguyen, Student

Ms. Esther Wanton

Ms. Wanton is a great counselor and has assisted many students with their questions or concerns about classes or college. She is quick to answer emails and always tries her best to help in any way she can.

– Tracy Nguyen, Student

Ms. Thanh Bui

Ms. Bui is such a hardworking teacher and makes sure that she is on top of her work for her students. She makes sure that we have what we need to be successful in her class and she genuinely wants to see each of her students succeed.

– Tracy Nguyen, Student

Mrs. Lynette Varrassi

Mrs. Varrassi is such a giving teacher. She takes so much time to help her students in whatever they need and she always ensures that she is there for her students no matter what she is going through.

– Tracy Nguyen, Student

Mr. Barry Dorociak

Mr. Dorociak is a very understanding teacher and works very hard to ensure his students get an opportunity to finish their work. He is very helpful, patient, and always wants the best for each of his students.

– Tracy Nguyen, Student

Mr. Terrence Jennings

Mr. Jennings puts in so much time for every choir and always manages to make this difficult time a positive experience. He continuously makes his students laugh and always finds opportunities for us to come together and sing safely.

– Tracy Nguyen, Student

Mrs. Lynette Varrassi

Mrs. V. is an awesome teacher who makes her students feel absolutely comfortable. She teaches exceptionally well and makes sure that students understand their work. She makes us laugh and is very inspiring. She gives us hope. She is always engaging with her students. She is the best!

– Kathija, Student

Mrs. Rhonda Ramirez

Mrs. Ramirez has been working very hard to help her seniors understand all the requirements for graduation and preparation for college. She has helped several students with editing essays and getting financial aids. She opens her door to anyone and everyone and helps with a smile.

– Kathija, Student